Pinky's family has decided that they want to get a pet, but what kind? Pinky wants a dog but he is outvoted three to one in favor of a cat. The decision is sealed during a trip to the supermarket. There, in front of the store, is a girl giving away free kittens and Amanda has chosen one before Pinky is even out of the car. At home, Pinky's sister Amanda announces, "She's really mine. I was the first one to hold her and that makes me her mother." Pinky doesn't care. He wants a dog. But that's before Patches, as Amanda has named the kitten, sneaks into Pinky's room each night and Pinky finds himself having a change of heart. In Pinky and Rex and the Just-Right Pet, the twelfth book in the Pinky and Rex series, James Howe once again illuminates a family situation recognizable to all.
James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers. Bunnicula, coauthored by his late wife Deborah and published in 1979, is considered a modern classic of children’s literature. The author has written six highly popular sequels, along with the spinoff series Tales from the House of Bunnicula and Bunnicula and Friends. Among his other books are picture books such as Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores and beginning reader series that include the Pinky and Rex and Houndsley and Catina books. He has also written for older readers. The Misfits, published in 2001, inspired the antibullying initiative No Name-Calling Week, as well as three sequels, Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside, and Also Known as Elvis. A common theme in James Howe’s books from preschool through teens is the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.
Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor books The Right Word and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams both written by Jen Bryant. She also wrote and illustrated Tupelo Rides the Rails; Carmine: A Little More Red, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; and Balloons Over Broadway, a picture book biography that was named a 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Picture Book. When she is not in her studio, Melissa can be found taking an art class, hiking with her dogs, or riding her bicycle. She lives with her family in Rockport, Maine.